Skip to comments.(From 2005) Former Hostages Allege Iran's New President Was Captor
Posted on 09/23/2007 8:09:15 PM PDT by khnyny
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The White House said Thursday it is taking seriously the allegations by former hostages that Iran's hardline president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was one of their captors at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran a quarter century ago.
President Bush told foreign reporters he has "no information, but obviously his involvement raises many questions."
"As soon as I saw the face, it rang a lot of bells to me," Don Sharer, who served as the embassy's naval attache at the time, told CNN.
"...Take 20 years off of him. He was there. He was there in the background, more like an adviser."
Abbas Abdi, the man well-known to be the leader of the 1979 hostage-takers, told CNN that Ahmadinejad, the Tehran mayor, "absolutely was not" part of the event that involved the captivity of 52 people.
Abdi later became a supporter of reformist President Mohammed Khatami and was recently released from jail for advocating closer ties with the United States.
Iranian officials also deny Ahmadinejad was involved.
The November 4, 1979, embassy takeover followed protests demanding that the United States return the Shah of Iran to Tehran for trial. He had been overthrown by the Islamic revolution 11 months prior and was receiving cancer treatment in New York at the time.
The embassy seizure lasted 444 days and resulted in a botched rescue mission that left eight U.S. soldiers dead and the severance of U.S.-Iranian ties ever since.
The Associated Press, in its archives, has a series of photographs showing a student hostage-taker that some of the former hostages believe to be Ahmadinejad.
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Court rejects Iran hostage claim
And Jimmy Carter.
There, that’s easier.
Look at the date, this is old news, but some former hostages have been speaking out this past week about the “visit” tomorrow.
Great stuff, Potlatch. Thanks.
And monkeyboy gets a free pass into to US..............
You are quite welcome. I’ve had that so long that I forgot about it!!
And Columbia University is giving this Monkeyboy a podium with a microphone and photo ops...
The gov't is just now knowing this? Since he's been elected in 2005, it's been all over the Internet. Snopes debunked this but then again Snopes is a left-wing website.
Nevermind, just saw the date.
The media came out with this story when he was first came to power. Not that I have anything against reminding people of it now.
Abdi is lying. While Ahmadinejad was not a part of the original thinkers of taking oiver the US Embassy, he was certainly there and identified by several hostages as being one of ther interrogators.
I would think that if you had a life experience such as these hostages, you wouldn’t forget a face. I can provide more info/link re the more recent pronouncements, if you need further documentation.
A suggestion, if I may: put this nutjob in an arena armed only with a sword and shield - like in the movie: Gladiator and let loose a really big tiger, how about two?????? The outcome, please - oh, just a thought./Just Asking - seoul62..........
No one, except perhaps the hostages themselves, is telling the truth.
You are always way out front with your graphics potlatch!
Here’s a good link.
The hostages have been pretty consistent with their stories, even this past week, being interviewed in light of Ahmanutjob’s visit tomorrow. The problem is, no one seems to really care.
No, we ‘collaborated’ and created a lot of slideshows!!
Ahaaa, thanks!! I saved a couple more of those I can add to that slideshow. My picture is in there in color too! Lol, I mean the picture in my SS!
Your golden archives
And print media is puzzled why their internet sites are such losers
“In fact in 2005, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was found to be ineligible for a visa after an inter-agency review and was only granted a visa at the insistence of Condoleeza Rice.”
Hmmm, interesting stuff. Thanks expatguy!
[Your golden archives]
My archives have become a monster lately. Too much, too many folders. Getting harder to find things.
Maybe I should delete a few thousand??
Here’s the latest:
Good link, thanks again. Glad they are speaking out!
“He wasn’t a very nice fellow at the time. He called us pigs and dogs.”
And HE hasn’t changed for the better!!
Sorry, this is an older interview too.
LOL. Wouldn’t it be something if this guy was arrested when he came to NY? In a perfect world...
[Wouldnt it be something if this guy was arrested when he came to NY]
Lol, and which of our pansey politicians would instigate that? Besides, I thought I read he HAD arrived but have been busy with graphics.
Devolve, is he here yet??
The hostages have been pretty consistent with their stories, even this past week, being interviewed in light of Ahmanutjobs visit tomorrow. The problem is, no one seems to really care.”
Here is the link to a relative of mine who was one of the hostages. Even though he is pictured with Jimmah Carter on the website, he is not too fond of him for the way he failed to handle the situation.
so you’re saying-—what, “i question the timing here.” a la 2345678 Bill ^%$#@!& Clinton?
Yep! Nice! ...You NAILED him all right!
At the very least, since the Embassy is American Territory he should be indicted on federal kidnapping charges.
Snopes citation please because I certainly don’t find it as a topic on their site:
The Nutjob’s kneepad brigade simply believe that he’s being “Swiftboated”.
...Have you seen this...?
Thanks for the ping Seadog Bytes.
Jihad — another day.
There is a strong resemblance. Too bad we don’t have a way of comparing the height of these two guys.
I’m not sure we can arrest him (though maybe we can), but I think we should honor his request to visit ground zero - of course, we should give those hard-working Secret Service and LE guys the day off for R&R, and of course no guns for any of the Iranian delegation. I bet there are some workers down there that are pretty effective when they “accidentally” lose grip of a piece of pipe on the back swing! LOL
My friend flew to Tehran with the team and successfully completed the in-country review on November 2, 1979. The team was supposed to depart on November 3, and everyone was allowed to depart--except my friend. The pusillanimous charge-de-affairs wouldn't allow him to depart until November 5, because, he explained, "We don't want the Iranians to think we are abandoning them." Unfortunately his departure from Iran was delayed 444 days.
Rick Kupke is a great guy, in fact he was just at my house a couple weeks ago. The conversation we had was nothing about the nut from Iran coming to the US, but of how a local jerk broke into his house and stole a large amount of his property he collected from his career working for the government. The guy was caught, but unfortunatley his property was not recovered. Some way to treat a local hero.
Send me a message on who your friend is if you don’t mind. The next time I see Rick I will mention it to him. But then again, I am sure most of the hostages probably keep in touch already.
I never understood the left’s use of the term “swiftboated.” If they mean using facts to expose somebody as a fraud/terrorist/liar, then I guess the term is accurate.
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